It matters which essential oils you use.
100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils should be the only ones in your home. But what are essential oils? They are naturally occurring volatile aromatic compounds distilled from the seeds, roots, flowers, bark and other parts of plants. If you’ve ever enjoyed the smell a rose or crushed some rosemary in your hands, you’ve enjoyed the aromatic qualities of essential oils. What does volatile aromatic compound mean? Simply that they change from a liquid to a gas very quickly.
They are the regenerating, oxygenating and immune defence properties of plants. They are what protect plants from bacteria, fungus, disease as well as being the fluid that regenerates and heals the plant. They were mankind’s first medicines and have been used by priests and physicians for thousands of years. From the Ancient Egyptians, Romans and are mentioned in Ancient Chinese manuscripts. Essential oils are a bioactive fluid that is meticulously extracted using a variety of methods that doTERRA have developed to ensure the protective and regenerative properties remain intact.
Because they are of therapeutic quality, I love to think of doTERRA Essential oils as that bridge between alternative and contemporary medicine. They shouldn’t be used to the exclusion of medical advice but as a complimentary support. If you’re on any medication you should definitely check with your physician or pharmacist about the safety of using oils. But know that they are natural plant extracts and can be used safely when used within the recommendations.
Why not turn to a natural approach first for common things like:
- Sore joints and tired muscles
- Common colds and congested airways
- Difficulty sleeping or coping with stress
2. A level above organic
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) is a registered Trademark of doTERRA. Essential oils are an unregulated market with no watchdog controlling quality. Why? Because they are imported as food or cosmetics not medicines. doTERRA wants to lead the world and the industry in quality testing and assurance and so came up with their own standard CPTG to which they hold themselves. What does CPTG mean? It means that doTERRA ensure their oils are PURE & POTENT. Lots of people get a bit upset that the bottles don’t have an “organic certification” and the first time I heard someone say that these oils were ‘above organic’ I thought they were talking nonsense. But bear with me…Organic means very different things in different countries and even different States. In the point below, doTERRA source their oils from all over the world and so an “organic” certification is nearly impossible to get in every single country. Some Third World countries don’t even have organic certifications. Even those that do, vary in what is required. Australia have one of the highest standards for organic. Neither the plants or the soil can be sprayed with a banned list of chemicals for 7 years in order to be considered organic. In some States in the US however, as long as the crop isn’t sprayed it is considered organic (never mind the soil was sprayed last year or a few months before planting).
CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade testing standard requires that oil extracts be both free of other foreign materials (purity) and it tests for certain compounds at certain levels so that the oils meet the performance criteria (potency). This testing is done by a third party for quality control and on EVERY SINGLE BATCH. Yes, every single batch of oil is scrutinised by this intensive screening. You can be completely confident that there are no herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fillers, chemical solvents or extenders in your bottle of oil. Isn’t that what you are looking for in organic? Something completely natural, just as nature intended.
“CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils mean something very different. It means we protect the chemical compound of the plant just as it was produced from the earth. We don’t need to improve upon that. If we have the care, the scientific knowledge, the commitment and the integrity, we can preserve that. If an oil fails the test, specifically pesticides, there is no secondary process for removing the pesticides or foreign matter. The oils failing the test would simply be rejected. Other than the careful distillation of the oils from the plant material, there is no other processing that takes place. They are aromatic extracts, nothing added, and nothing removed—they either meet our standard or they don’t.” – Dr David Hill, doTERRA Chief Medical Officer.
3. Globally sourced
The quality and yield of the oil is affected by many factors including the soil condition, altitude, humidity, climate, harvest season and method, and distillation techniques. In order to extract the highest quality and chemically true oils, doTERRA take great care in optimising all of those conditions. It is why they source their oils from over 40 countries worldwide (see the map above). They discovered that when a plant is grown in its native and ideal location, the quality of the oil skyrocketed. Which makes so much sense. When a plant is given the ideal conditions to grow, allowed to grow to maturity, and harvested in a way that doesn’t damage it, you will get a higher quality product. Again, some people have a bit of a gripe that you aren’t supporting Australian’s when you purchase doTERRA oils as it’s an American company. But Tea Tree and Eucalyptus are grown and harvested right here, supporting Australian farmers! Also, I am running my business and supporting my family by partnering with this company. You are supporting me, an Australian mum find financial freedom.
4. Co-Impact Sourcing and Healing Hands
This is one of the most exciting parts of this company; the huge heart and social conscience it’s founders have. As mentioned above, these oils are sourced from all over the world, 20 of those countries are considered Third World. doTERRA’s co-impact sourcing principles stipulate that it must generate jobs for the community, provide fair payment and build capacity for growth. To ensure that small scale farmers and harvesters in disadvantaged areas are treated ethically, dōTERRA has introduced an initiative called Cō-Impact Sourcing. Cō-Impact Sourcing is an initiative that seeks to develop long-term, mutually beneficial supplier partnerships while creating sustainable jobs and providing reliable income in underdeveloped areas. dōTERRA is committed to the ethical treatment of its suppliers by providing on-time payments at fair prices. Growers and harvesters are encouraged to form cooperative groups to share collective benefits and bargaining power while improving skills and capacity.
As of 2017, 18,000 jobs have been created in developing countries as part of Co-Impact Sourcing. Farms stay in the hands of farmers, they generate lasting incomes and provide more employment for their communities. Awesome. Seriously, watch this short video on how doTERRA is changing lives in Haiti where Vetiver is sourced. You are making a difference by choosing this company.
“doTERRA works with farmers and distillers in over 40 countries to provide essential oils to customers around the world. doTERRA values the wealth of expertise local growers and producers have when it comes to the plants that provide essential oils. While the temptation may be to buy out large plots of land to create farms dedicated to these plants, the simple fact remains that you cannot replace the knowledge of these growers and distillers—many of whom have worked their different crops for generations. It would be impossible to try to assimilate all that knowledge and experience, so why not simply recruit that expertise.”
But that’s not all. dōTERRA’s charitable organisation Healing Hands, provides funding and resources to create community-based, social-impact projects to improve lives in the larger communities where oils are sourced. Past projects include building or sponsoring existing medical clinics, installing drinking water and irrigation systems, building schools, and providing other educational resources such as vocational training programs. dōTERRA has also chosen to support Operation Underground Railroad which helps rescue victims of sex slavery and human trafficking. This video makes me cry every time.
If you are looking for a sustainable products that actually improves the lives of people all over the world…look no further. You have found it. Making the choice to replace your toxic cleaners with doTERRA essential oils, find natural solutions for your health and simply loving and using them spreads the love worldwide. You are changing lives with your purchases.
5. Its not hippy, its science
It doesn’t matter whether or not you understand arc plotting, distillation processes, or the chemical reactions that occur as the oils are broken down by your body. Trust that the sense of calm that washes over you when you open the bottle of Lavender or Petitgrain is not placebo. It is real. Scientific research is constantly being conducted using doTERRA oils that are showing real, therapeutic benefits on moods and emotions, cell regeneration and in killing antibiotic resistant bacteria. These same labs, so excited about the results, tried to synthetically recreate these incredible outcomes by isolating the chemical compounds in the oils. But do you know what happened? Nothing….the isolated constituents aren’t effective. It is the natural, designed by millions of years of evolution, complete orchestra of chemical compounds in pure essential oils that is effective. The symphony can never be played by one violin but the entire ensemble. Modern medicine can’t recreate what nature has given us.
They are selective. Because oils are a natural, “alive” liquid, they are able to communicate chemically with the cells of your body. It is this chemical communication that allows oils to be selective and recognise a damaged cell from a healthy, or foreign cell. AMAZING! DDR Prime (an essential oil supplement) was designed using essential oils that have the ability to support our body to induce apoptosis in damaged cells. What did I just say?? Apoptosis means to self-destruct, basically. Our cells don’t live forever. We create new cells all the time to replace cells that are damaged and lost. Apoptosis is our body’s defence against malignancies. When a cell is no longer working properly it triggers a self-destruct that kills the cell, leaving only healthy functioning cells in our body. Sometimes, that doesn’t happen and these damaged, faulty cells can replicate creating more faulty cells. Certain essential oils can trigger this self-destruct in damaged cells keeping the body healthy.
This isn’t the oils “healing” the body. This is the oils supporting our body do exactly what it was designed to do. Our bodies have the innate ability to heal ourselves. What we no longer provide, is the environment to allow our body to do that. Emotional and mental stress, processed foods, little sleep, and other effects of our modern lifestyle leave our bodies overwhelmed and in a constant state of alert. We rarely, if ever allow our body the time to “rest and digest”. If we are constantly in some form of “fight or flight” our bodies are burning the candle at both ends, leaving us wrung out and unable to fight off infection.
I read about some research in one of my books that was done back in the 80s, looking at the bio-electric frequencies (vibrations) of our cells, disease cells and that of essential oils. It’s an interesting concept that I relate back to “String Theory” that sub-atomic particles are made up of little strings that vibrate. Everything alive, vibrates and has a frequency. According to this research, the human body (during the day) vibrates at a frequency of 62-68MHz. What they found was that disease starts at 58MHz with cancer sitting around 42MHz. Lower vibrations = disease. Fresh food: 15MHz, Fresh Herbs: 20-27MHz…Essential oils: 52-320MHz! Rose oil has the highest frequency of all oils at 320MHz. It was hypothesised that essential oils can help raise the frequency of the body, keeping it healthy. So hippy, yet so cool! Interestingly, meditation was able to raise the frequency as well while thinking negatively lowered it. Another way just the aromatherapy of oils has an impact on your mind and therefore your body.
That said, because of their complexity, the number of chemical compounds at play and the individual way your body processes the oils, they are not designed to be treatments. Their effect is too varied between individuals to be prescribed. I don’t see that as a drawback though. If anything it’s wonderful! If you don’t like the smell of one particular oil, try a different one. You can completely tailor your approach to something that appeals to you.
Don’t be confused by the number of oils that are useful in calming or boosting your energy. This means a greater variety to find something you love!! The aroma is a huge part of essential oils and you must like the aroma. If you don’t and you force yourself to use it anyway, this can actually kickstart a stress response. Instead, try a different oil from the same “family” (floral, wood, spice, mint etc). While some oils are definitely better at achieving certain outcomes, you need to find one you enjoy using.
Live Gentle, Raise Gentle with essential oils.